I don't know about you, but I'm ready to kick 2017's trash, especially after my major declaration from the other day. Don't get me wrong, 2016 was a good year. It was a great year for us, actually. But this year? Watch out, world!
As mentioned in my last post, I've decided to go back to my roots and blog for YOU, ME…and…well, that's it! I was thinking back to one of my favorite blogging years, and it was 2014. I did a year-long challenge with y'all, Focused in '14, and it helped me organize my year, get focused, prioritize, lose weight, become closer with family and friends, and have more fun.
The challenges really worked…so we're bringing them BACK!
Join me this year as I tweak and perfect and re-introduce this new and improved, completely FREE program I now introduce…
Focused in '17: The BEST Year Ever Program! (Or, BYE'17 as I'll call it to sound cool.)
Here's how this FREE program will work…
1- Sign up HERE
You'll be added to an email list (that will remain private of course). You will be emailed a calendar with the challenges for the month, and we will also email you when I post a video or blog post that coincides with the BYE'17 program.
2- Follow the calendar
Each month I will create a calendar that has a monthly theme. I am subject to change my mind, of course (because I'm doing my blog my way, remember? Ooh, that still sounds so good…) and I don't want to give away all the fun, but some of the month themes will include:
- Focus on Finances
- Focus on Fitness
- Focus on Organization
- Focus on Fun
- Focus on Relationships
There is a box in the lower corner of each day. Use that as a check-box to keep yourself on track! Mark it off for every day you work on the challenge(s) for the week.
There's not enough room on the calendar to really explain all the challenge details, so the easiest thing to do is to get on the email list and follow along on the blog and YouTube, I'll post lots of helpful tips and how-to's there!
3- Get your friends and family involved!
My goal is to keep the excitement and momentum going for this all year long, and not have it fizzle off like Resolutions tend to. My best advice to you to do the same, is do this with a buddy! Wither it's your husband, best friend, sisters, girlfriends, whatever! The buddy system works. You can work on challenges together, talk about how it's going, encourage each other, and…let's be honest…it's just more fun with friends!
I meant to post this post on the 30th. But when I sat down to write it, this post came out instead. And I don't like to post on Sundays (day of rest, after all!). Thus,
Since it's Jan 2nd already, here are the challenges that start RIGHT NOW!
Even if you have no credit card debt, chances are, making and keeping a budget is hard for you. How do I know? It's hard for all of us! Even me, and this is what I DO! For the next month, commit to using CASH ONLY. It will help train your brain that “when it's gone, it's gone.” It helps cut back on impulse-buys, and trains your brain that you only have a certain amount to spend each week, and choices need to be made to keep from running out of cash too quickly!
Here are some tips for success:
- Decide what your spending budget is for the month, then break it down per WEEK. That's right, per WEEK. Every Monday, run to the ATM or bank and get out your cash for the week. If you try to budget for an entire month you're most likely going to lose track and run out of steam. 7 days? Piece of cake!
- How to decide your budget? First, you need to divide up financial responsibilities. Once you have the list of things YOU are in charge of, set a budget for it, and go from there.
- Make it tight, make it a challenge! If you give yourself $3K per week, where's the challenge? (And holy cow, you can probably be spending a lot less. Think of what vacations you could go on with that money!) Take what you spend in a month, cut it down by at least 30%, then break it down by week. The goal is to have the BEST YEAR EVER, and how will you do that if you don't push yourself a bit?
Get your free 2017 envelopes HERE
I'll try to pop onto Facebook for a live Q&A to go over these tips and challenges in more detail, so follow me on Facebook and turn on your notifications so you don't miss it!
PLAN YOUR YEAR IN ADVANCE!
For sake of ease and organization, I explain all of this in THIS post + video.
I don't know about you, but I'm excited to kick 2017 swiftly in the head and let it know who's boss. Who's with me??